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NAS Patuxent River Prepares for Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain 2022from January 31st to February 11, 2022

Citadel Shield-Solid Curtain (CSSC), the Navy’s annual anti-terrorism, force protection (ATFP) exercise, will be underway Navywide – and at NAS Patuxent River – Jan. 31-Feb. 11, 2022. Conducted by U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), CSSC uses realistic drills and scenarios to enhance the readiness of Navy security forces and ensure seamless interoperability among the commands, other services, and agency partners. “The exercise, which plays out over a two-week period, tests our Emergency Training Plan and pre-planned responses (PPR), and it’s a continuation of training for our ATFP security forces,” explained Matt Nalley, Pax River’s installation training officer. “It allows us to evaluate whether we have the correct procedures in place in the event of an emergency situation; and any drills involving an integrated response will show how well departments such as security, fire, emergency management, and public works communicate and work with each other.” Week one’s Citadel Shield focuses on installation-level training, and all scenarios will occur entirely within the Pax River fenceline. In the past, those scenarios have included active shooter, hostage situation, gate runner, unmanned aerial surveillance, mass shooting, protesters at the gate, suspicious package, and release of […]

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